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In less than 10 minutes, we’ll get you up to speed on all the news you missed overnight. Throughout the morning, Marketplace’s David Brancaccio will bring you the latest business and economic stories you need to know to start your day. And before U.S. markets open, you’ll get a global markets update from the BBC World Service in London. 

Episode Date
The Fed is about to make a lot less money for the government

The Federal Reserve has been one of the largest single sources of revenue in recent years for the federal government. But now, thanks to low returns on assets and high borrowing costs, the central bank is set to be much less profitable. We check in on markets ahead of today’s Fed rate decision with Susan Schmidt, Head of Public Equities at the State of Wisconsin Investment Fund. And, Western states sharing water resources from the Colorado River have again blown past a federal deadline to cut water usage after California held out on a deal.

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Feb 01, 2023
Chip shortage no longer — there’s now a glut

No longer facing the blistering demand for microchips seeing during the peak of the pandemic, chip-making giants like AMD and Intel are seeing their profits decrease. We look into what that says about the wider malaise seen in the tech sector. The BBC reports on one 22-year-old Princeton student’s tool to detect AI-generated text. And, an early farewell to the iconic Boeing 747, which formally stopped being produced this week.

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Feb 01, 2023
India bets on a budget boost

From the BBC World Service: We look at India’s finances as it tries to supercharge its manufacturing sector in a final budget before key elections. Plus, with the value of gold heading to new highs we hear from a mine in Scotland. And, why spending on players in England’s top soccer league continues to break records.

Feb 01, 2023
Why Gen-Z is bringing back their parents’ digital cameras

Young people have done it again — “it” being reviving an old piece of technology from the dead. This time, it’s old cameras that their parents likely used. We talked to David Little, head of the International Center of Photography, about the latest trend. Johnson & Johnson is seemingly deeper in legal trouble after a court rejected its bankruptcy filing amid lawsuits over its baby powder. And, on the third anniversary of Brexit, the BBC reports on the increasing pressure over the UK’s land border with Ireland, an EU member.

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Jan 31, 2023
Global growth outlook more optimistic for 2023, says IMF

Global growth is projected to be low in the coming year but beat previous expectations, a fresh report from the International Monetary Fund says. Optimism about inflation, loosening supply chain backlogs, and the re-opening of China are all contributing to rosier predictions. A check-in with the so-called “resolution economy,” which revolves primarily around people wanting to improve themselves in the new year. And, the French tech company Thales has launched a credit card that talks as an aid for people with visual impairments.

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Jan 31, 2023
Is there a Brexit dividend three years on?

From the BBC World Service: Three years on what has Brexit meant for businesses in the U.K. and the European Union? Britain’s official exit from the E.U. and its single market on January the 31st, 2019 marked the biggest shake-up of the economy for decades. How have businesses responded and what impact has it had? Plus, negotiations continue over the U.K.’s one land border with the E.U., between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We hear about the complexities involved and the dual status enjoyed by businesses in Northern Ireland that can still operate within the E.U. single market.

Jan 31, 2023
Nissan and Renault seemingly kiss and make up

Nissan and Renault, two of the world’s largest automakers, announced that they are renewing their alliance after months of talks. The relationship previously deteriorated after a financial scandal involving past CEO-turned-fugitive Carlos Ghosn. The Federal Reserve faces a tough decision on how much it should raise interest rates at the bank’s next meeting. And, Ukraine has arguably been fighting two wars simultaneously — one against Russian invaders, and another against corruption at home.

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Jan 30, 2023
Consumers are expecting lower inflation in the year ahead

Consumer sentiment is on the up-and-up relative to the lows it’s been sitting at. According to the University of Michigan’s most recent Consumer Sentiment Index, people surveyed are now expecting inflation to fall below 4 percent in the coming year. The Fed, meanwhile, is still deciding what to do in its next rate-hiking cycle, as some prominent voices disagree about the scale of a potential increase. And, a check-in on the manufacturing sector with Julie Schertell, CEO of Georgia-based manufacturer Mativ.

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Jan 30, 2023
Ukraine’s war on corruption

Representatives of different Ukrainian political parties and movements stage a protest outside the constitutional court building in Kiev on October 30, 2020. – Activists protested against the ruling of Ukraine’s constitutional court that blocked a number of anti-corruption laws including on free public access to officials’ declarations, a significant rollback of Ukraine’s anti-corruption reforms. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

Jan 30, 2023
Jerome Powell and co. gain ground on inflation

The Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, the Personal Consumption Expenditures price index, out this morning indicates that inflation tempered last month. FHN Financial Chief Economist Christopher Low helps us look behind the numbers. And, China’s holdings of developing countries’ debt is beginning to play into the wider U.S.-China relationship, says David Dollar of the Brookings Institution.

Jan 27, 2023
Why are there fewer scientific innovations nowadays?

A new paper in the journal “Nature” finds that the rate of scientific innovation has been on a steady decline, despite living in the most technologically advanced age in the history of humanity. Co-author Russell Funk, a professor at the University of Minnesota, helps us understand what’s going on. This round of corporate layoffs could portend a larger slowdown in the labor market, which has remained hot. And, yesterday’s GDP numbers may be good on the surface, but there are some less-than-ideal signs deeper in the report.

Jan 27, 2023
European firms demand a response to U.S. green subsidies

From the BBC World Service: In a special programme from Dresden in east Germany, we hear from one European green tech company – Solarwatt – who are calling for the EU to give the industry similar tax breaks and financial incentives to those introduced by President Biden in the U.S.. We also talk to the semi-conductor manufacturer Global Foundries about how to keep the supply chain secure, amid concerns about China’s data collection.




Jan 27, 2023
The economy grew at a solid pace, buoyed by consumers

Today’s GDP numbers likely lifted many an economist’s spirits — the economy grew at 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter last year, a solid showing despite inflation pressures and the threat of recession. KPMG Chief Economist Diane Swonk helps us dissect what’s in today’s report. Boeing is being sued for fraud over faults in its 737 MAX plane that caused two fatal crashes. And, a look at the effects of the increasing amount of private money flowing into drug rehabilitation programs.

Jan 26, 2023
Taser drones in schools — real thing or just an idea?

The maker of the Taser, the weapon meant to be a non-lethal option for law enforcement, is toying with the idea of selling drones with Tasers attached. Among the potential clients: schools. We talked to Dina Temple-Raston, host of the “Click Here” podcast, about her reporting on the story. Southwest is facing a probe on whether the airline booked more flights than it could cancel at the time of its mass-cancellation debacle. And, there are storm clouds hanging over the housing market, but there are some signs they may be lifting a bit.

Jan 26, 2023
Tankonomics: How much do they cost to supply and support?

From the BBC World Service: A deal has finally been done to send American and German tanks to Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelensky says they need to be delivered quickly, but just how realistic is that – and how costly? We hear from the former commander of the British Army’s tank regiment. Millions of Pakistanis were left without power this week after a major failure of the country’s energy grid. The system is back up and running but businesses tell us they fear more cuts, and the disruption they bring. And, how the Dutch have made more space for cyclists by building an underwater bike park.

Jan 26, 2023
Caution amid a relatively downbeat earnings season

The corporate earnings season has thus far been a downer. Yesterday, Microsoft announced its profits fell 12 percent last quarter, which comes after major banks reported similarly poor performances. We check in with Susan Schmidt, Head of Public Equity at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, about what to expect as companies continue to report earnings. Mainline economic indicators fell again this month, raising the spectre of recession. Copper prices are surging worldwide, partly due to China’s re-emergence after lifting its Covid lockdown restrictions. And, a report from the BBC’s Sally Nabil from Egypt about the country’s worsening economic situation.

Jan 25, 2023
Elon Musk on trial over a market-moving tweet

Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk is once again defending himself against a lawsuit. This time, plaintiffs are suing Musk over a 2018 tweet saying he was considering taking Tesla private which caused investors to lose money. Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan, helps us break down the suit. And, the Department of Justice is suing Google’s parent company, Alphabet, over allegations that the company has monopolized the digital advertising business.

Jan 25, 2023
Amazon’s U.K. workers stage their first walk out

From the BBC World Service: We hear from the Amazon workers in the UK who are staging their first strike in a dispute over pay and conditions. Plus, a German union says Ford is planning thousands of job cuts in Europe. What’s driving the group’s future strategy? And, Egypt is struggling with rising prices, a weak currency and a cash-strapped government. What impact is that having on day-to-day lives?

Jan 25, 2023
Ticketmaster faces Senate grilling over Taylor Swift debacle

The CEO of Live Nation, an entertainment company bought by Ticketmaster over a decade ago, is facing a grilling on Capitol Hill over last year’s online sales debacle with Taylor Swift concert tickets. This, as it reportedly faces a probe by the Department of Justice. There’s data today that orders from factories are down, which comes amid a spate of bad news for the manufacturing sector. And, as part of our Econ Extra Credit series, we delve into how social media and algorithms promote a certain body image…and how that can translate into harm for some people.

Jan 24, 2023
Amazon now has a prescription drug service. Will it last?

Amazon announced it will launch a new subscription drug service dubbed Amazon RxPass to complement its existing pharmaceutical products. The service, which will offer generic medications for $5 a month with Prime membership, will be the latest attempt by the online retail behemoth to make waves in the healthcare space. And, as part of our Econ Extra Credit series, we delve into the extreme fitness industry with Stephen Mayville, a Reno-based psychologist who studies muscle dysmorphia and steroid misuse.

Jan 24, 2023
Royal rent woe for Twitter

From the BBC World Service: Twitter stands accused of skipping rent to King Charles III. The Crown Estate in the U.K., which manages property belonging to the reigning monarch, has filed court proceedings against the firm for arrears on its headquarters in London’s famous Piccadilly Circus.
Plus, questions are being raised over Ticketmaster and whether it has a monopoly. We look at what U.S. regulators could maybe learn from Europe. And we hear more on those plans for a common currency in South America.

Jan 24, 2023
Are some of the clouds lifting on gloomy recession forecasts?

With the latest inflation report indicating a moderation in rising prices, some CEOs and economists are changing their tune on forecasts of a potential recession this year. Julia Coronado explains what’s driving optimism that the near-term economic future may not be as bad as originally predicted. As Lunar New Year festivities kick off worldwide, China is having to balance celebrating one of the country’s most important holidays with a severe Covid situation. And, Chris Farrell talks about the potential benefits of the bigger Social Security checks that went out this month.

Jan 23, 2023
‘Tis the season — for taxes

The holiday season may be over, but another “season” is now upon us — the one to pay your taxes. The IRS’s window to submit tax returns is open from now until around April 15 for most people, and the agency is promising better service than in recent years when it experienced crippling delays. Renters nowadays are having to spend higher and higher proportions of their income on housing, which takes away from spending in other areas. And, some of the Federal Reserve’s highest-profile figures are publicly disagreeing about how much to hike interest rates in the near future.

Jan 23, 2023
Could a South American common currency rival the dollar?

From the BBC World Service: We examine why Brazil and Argentina are exploring a common currency. Both countries have been wracked by economic demons – with Argentina in particular suffering one of the highest inflation rates in world. Plus, why Pakistan is facing power cuts. And we meet the Hongkongers celebrating Lunar New Year in the U.K.

Jan 23, 2023
For most, owning a place is now pricier than renting

A big swing in the housing market occurred over the last year: for the vast majority of people, it’s now cheaper to rent a place than to own it. According to a new report, that’s in big part due to rising mortgage rates, which have risen in tandem with the Fed’s rate hikes. Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, is stepping down — he helped transform the company from a mail-order DVD service to a streaming behemoth. Christopher Low helps break down what’s behind the recent strength of bond yields. And, the Sundance Film Festival is back in person after two years of being virtual because of the pandemic.

Jan 20, 2023
College rankings under fire again, this time from Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School, one of the top in the country, will stop submitting data to the U.S. News and World Report college ranking system. It’s another blow for the rankings, which has recently come under criticism from a number of high-profile schools for alleged flaws in the methodology. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, announced that it would lay off 12,000 workers, making it the latest tech giant to announce job cuts. And, the high-flying Davos summit wraps up today amid a mix of optimism and caution for coming year.

Jan 20, 2023
Digging for coal has to stop, says German activist

From the BBC World Service: The fight over a controversial coal mine in Germany isn’t over according to one of the country’s best-known climate activists Luisa Neubauer. She tells us how mining cannot be justified, even in the context of an energy crisis in Europe triggered by Russia’s war with Ukraine. Plus, the demise of British Volt, once the UK’s great hope for the future of the auto industry. And millions are on the move in Asia for the Lunar New Year.

Jan 20, 2023
More bad news for the beleaguered housing market

There’s more bad news out this morning for the embattled housing sector. Housing starts, the metric used to measure the number of new homes being constructed in the U.S., fell for a fourth consecutive month. KPMG Chief Economist Diane Swonk helps us break down what the data means for the wider economy. And, Treasury Janet Yellen said that her department would take “extraordinary measures” to keep the U.S. government paying its debts as Congress mulls increasing the debt ceiling. And, a story about how a $30 million philanthropic donation to start an Illinois addiction treatment center played out when staffers had to actually run the place.

Jan 19, 2023
Buckle up, the debt ceiling fight is just beginning

It’s estimated that the U.S. government will hit the Congressionally-mandated debt ceiling today, meaning it will have to find ways to shuffle funds around until Congress raises the limit. Lawmakers are gearing up for a protracted fight on Capitol Hill. Recent data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York show that inflation is hitting low-income households, especially those that are Black and Latino, the hardest. And, amid unease following the collapse of FTX, crypto miners are being squeezed by high energy costs and lower prices for cryptocurrencies.

Jan 19, 2023
French workers walk out

From the BBC World Service: France faces a day of national strikes as President Macron’s retirement reforms divide the country. The plans, which include pushing the country’s retirement age up to 64, are facing major pushback from unions. Also, how carbon can be captured from the atmosphere. And, Pakistan’s former president thinks he can solve the country’s economic crisis.

Jan 19, 2023
Lots of consumers said “No thanks” to buying a car in 2022

Consumers seemingly couldn’t buy enough cars during the peak of the pandemic, but recent data shows that the auto industry saw widespread declines in vehicle sales last year. We delve into what drove the decline and what car sellers are doing to adjust. Lower vehicle sales also contributed to an overall decline in retail sales in December — a good sign for investors, says Susan Schmidt. But that may not be the case for others — we checked in with a number of small businesses to see how they’re faring. And, the BBC’s Ruth Alexander reports on the global rise in egg prices.

Jan 18, 2023
Millennials are buying more and more homes

A big change in the housing market is happening — young people aged 25 to 34 are making up a bigger and bigger proportion of homeowners. A new analysis from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies says millennials are making inroads as they age and start families. Global demand for oil will reach a new record this year, according to the International Energy Agency. And, the Bank of Japan again declined to raise interest rates, bucking expectations and continuing the country’s policy of ultra-loose monetary policy that has kept rates near zero for years.

Jan 18, 2023
Has global inflation peaked?

From the BBC World Service: Global inflation seems to be easing – but there’s still no quick fix. The latest data from Europe suggests the worst of the inflation pain might be over for now. We hear from consumers and businesses in the UK where prices are still high, and we take a look at Japan’s unique approach to rising prices. Plus, Elon Musk changed Twitter’s blue tick system and now an unlikely party has been taking advantage – Afghanistan’s Taliban.

Jan 18, 2023
The latest data on China’s economy isn’t good at all

Fresh economic data from the Chinese government paints a picture of a rapidly slowing and aging economy. The world’s second-largest economy reported just 3 percent GDP growth in the fourth quarter, a number that’s the lowest in decades besides the first year of the pandemic. This, was all during the same week that the country reported its first population decline since the mid-20th century. And, this week’s World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland is underway and tackling global issues in an age of increasing fractiousness among world powers.

Jan 17, 2023
Davos kicks off amid a wave of global crises

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum kicked off this week in Davos, Switzerland, bringing together a collection of the world’s most powerful people to discuss a range of global issues. On the agenda for participants will be problems like climate change, geopolitical fragmentation, and even a question of the summit’s own relevance. Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor-in-chief of The Economist, gives her view on the ground in Davos. Electric vehicle sales accounted for 10 percent of all new global car sales in 2022, another indication of the EV industry’s meteoric rise. And, Walmart and Salesforce announced a partnership to improve deliveries and other logistical aspects of the retail giant’s business.

Jan 17, 2023
China’s population falls for the first time in 60 years

From the BBC World Service: Chinese officials say the country has entered an “era of negative population growth”. We examine what a decreasing workforce and a growing elderly population means for China’s economic future. Meanwhile India is guzzling Russian oil at a record rate.  Plus, we ask why is the cost of a box of eggs soaring around the world?

Jan 17, 2023
What do bank and Netflix earnings say about the economy?

It’s that time of the year again: earnings season. Publicly traded companies across the economy are reporting their fourth-quarter results, and they so far portray a mixed picture of the economy. Michael Hewson, Chief Market Analyst at the London-based CMC Markets, tells us what he’s looking at, including reports from banks and Netflix. Bank earnings that have come out so far have shown increased caution at those financial institutions, which boosted their rainy day reserves in anticipation of increased financial malaise. And, what the CEO of energy giant Equinor has to say about the future of household energy.

Jan 16, 2023
Wages aren’t keeping up with inflation, hitting low-income workers the hardest

Wages aren’t keeping up with increasing prices, according to new data on wage growth. That’s meaning economic hardship across the board, especially in low-income households that have costs for essentials skyrocket. That disparity between wages and prices is also affecting workers of color more, due to lower savings rates and fewer liquid assets on average. And, Mexico has passed a new ban on smoking in all public places.

Jan 16, 2023
High energy bills are here to stay

From the BBC World Service: The boss of one of the world’s biggest energy firms, Equinor, is warning households not to expect energy bills to return to pre-pandemic prices. Anders Opedal was speaking to the BBC as he headed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, which starts today. Meanwhile, Mexico has banned smoking in all public places, giving it some of the toughest rules in the world. Plus there are complaints about price rises in Croatia, just over two weeks after it adopted the Euro as currency.

Jan 16, 2023
Largest-ever settlement reached over mortgage redlining

Yesterday, the Department of Justice reached a settlement with the California-based City National Bank over accusations of mortgage “redlining” in Latino and Black neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. The settlement is the largest in U.S. history, clocking in at $31 million. The storm in California is helping the drought situation, but there’s now talk of improving the state’s stormwater storage system. And, the BBC’s Ben Chu reports on the dire economic and political situation in Sri Lanka.

Jan 13, 2023
An oil giant predicted climate change … then downplayed it

A new study finds that Exxon, the multinational oil giant, conducted in-house research as early as the 1970s that accurately predicted climate change, only to publicly downplay the issue. This, as some states sue the company and other fossil fuel producers over allegedly misleading the public for decades. China’s government is looking to regulate some of its most successful tech firms by buying so-called “golden shares,” which allow shareholders more control over company decisions. And, states and communities are scrambling to meet the federal government’s deadline on new broadband internet funding.

Jan 13, 2023
China seeks greater control of tech giants

From the BBC World Service: China is moving to take “golden shares” in local units of some of its biggest tech firms including Alibaba and Tencent. It comes as Beijing continues to seek greater control of companies that have boomed in recent years, and crucially the content they supply to millions of users. Plus, the Swedish mining company LKAB says it has found Europe’s largest known deposit of rare earth minerals in northern Lapland. But mining can be controversial in the region. We hear from a town in the Arctic north which is deeply divided over a British company’s plans for a new iron ore mine.

Jan 13, 2023
Inflation tapers a bit, but what’s behind that?

Inflation tapered off a bit at the end of December, according to the latest data from the Consumer Price Index released this morning. That was in line with predictions and spells good news for many economists, including policymakers at the Federal Reserve, but what was really behind the slowdown? Susan Schmidt helps break down this morning’s numbers. The World Bank released a report this week predicting a sharp global economic downturn in the next year, which would hit developing nations particularly hard. And, for our Econ Extra Credit series, we delve into the seminal “Pumping Iron” bodybuilding documentary with journalist Oliver Lee Bateman.

Jan 12, 2023
Something driving the strong job market is…entrepreneurship?

The U.S. labor market has been stalwart in adding strong numbers of jobs seemingly month after month for a while. One thing that’s driving those numbers, despite the Federal Reserve’s best efforts to tame inflation, is entrepreneurship. KPMG Chief Economist Diane Swonk tells us how dynamism in the economy among small businesses and entrepreneurs is adding more jobs. The owners of Subway, the widespread fast-food chain, are reportedly seeking to sell the company in a deal that could fetch billions of dollars. And, state government budgets are being helped by inflation.

Jan 12, 2023
Weighed down by debt

From the BBC World Service: The International Monetary Fund says it’s increasingly concerned that many low-income countries are at risk of default, caught out by the rise in interest rates. We take a look at what has happened in two countries that have already defaulted – Lebanon and Sri Lanka. Plus, in France large-scale strikes by medical staff including family doctors have become a regular feature since Christmas. Funding reforms are now being introduced to break what President Macron called a “sense of endless crisis”.

Jan 12, 2023
The White House issues a new student loan relief proposal

The Biden administration unveiled this week a new proposal to extend relief to lower and middle-income student loan borrowers. This, as the administration’s original plan to cancel a certain amount of student debt remains in judicial limbo. Plus, Amazon is planning to launch its new “Buy with Prime” service, which would be implemented on e-commerce websites as a quicker payment option. And, Russian competitive gamers are fleeing the country amid the War in Ukraine and finding new prospects in Serbia, the BBC’s Guy De Launey reports.

Jan 11, 2023
One of America’s biggest ports is trying to woo back shippers

The Port of Los Angeles, which frequently ranks as the busiest in the U.S. alongside its sister port in Long Beach, has lost traffic recently due to concerns among shippers about ongoing labor negotiations between dockworkers and their employers. We talk to the Port of LA’s Executive Director about how they’ve been affected by the labor situation. Plus, the South Korean company Hanwah Q CELLS announced it will invest around $2.5 billion into U.S. solar manufacturing, starting with a manufacturing plant in Georgia. And, Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo said it would raise wages in Japan by up to 40 percent, reports the BBC’s Mariko Oi.

Jan 11, 2023
Recession warning from the World Bank

From the BBC World Service: The global economy is “perilously close” to a recession, warns from the World Bank. Ayhan Kose, the bank’s acting vice president for Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions, tells us how earnings growth in almost every part of the world is likely to be slower than it was during the decade before Covid-19. Plus, wage rises are on the way for some workers in Japan after the clothing retailer Uniqlo promised a 40% lift. And, we find out how Serbia’s gaming industry is benefiting from Russian exiles.

Jan 11, 2023
California due to face even more extreme weather

The deluge in California is set to continue, with forecasts predicting further extreme weather in the coming days. The state has seen at least 14 deaths and a bevy of property damage resulting from flooding and mudslides. We look at the weather situation in the Golden State. Plus, Fed Chair Jerome Powell made comments today in Sweden suggesting further rate hikes to fight inflation, and that the Fed would not prioritize fighting climate change. Also, the House of Representatives voted today to strip funding from the IRS in a largely-symbolic measure. And, the BBC’s Will Bain takes a look at the economics of China’s reopening.


Jan 10, 2023
Some not-so-good climate news — with a silver lining

A new report out today details the US climate picture from 2022. On the good side, renewable energy output surpassed coal for the first time — on the bad side, carbon emissions ticked up slightly, just over 1 percent from the previous year.  We break down the details. And, a chat with journalist Rob Walker about the merits of keeping all that old clutter around the house.

Jan 10, 2023
Macron pushes ahead with pension reform

From the BBC World Service: At what age should you be able to retire? French President Emmanuel Macron is set for another showdown with trade unions as he tries to reform the state pension system. Plus, how smog is causing parts of India to grind to a halt. And, we hear from Seoul in South Korea where there are tight anti-Covid restrictions on travelers from China.

Jan 10, 2023